Word of the week: Honk!

Well actually, Team Honk. It's back and this year I've signed up to be part of it. That's six hours of dancing at the #RNDDanceathon at Wembley on Sunday 8 March. It should be a blast, as well as raising money to help change lives here in the UK and across Africa. 

If you're not sure what Team Honk is then it's a group of bloggers, friends and family who are passionate about raising funds for Comic Relief who put a serious amount of fun into fundraising. There's more information over at teamhonk.org

If you're not sure what Team Honk is then it's a group of bloggers, friends and family who are passionate about raising funds for Comic Relief who put a serious amount of fun into fundraising. There's more information over at teamhonk.org

Although I'd spotted stuff on Twitter much earlier, it was only this week I signed up. I'd been mulling it over, not because I didn't fancy a boogie but because we're already going out the night before.  Wouldn't you know it, one thing in my diary at the start of the year and then the next one comes along for the very next day. Typical. Ah well - now I'm looking at the Saturday night as my final "training" session and a last chance to wave a sponsorship form under people's noses!

I decided to go for it after talking to MOH over dinner on Saturday. At the start of every Strictly series I say to him that we should get some dancing lessons, so he was more than happy for me to get my dancing fix somewhere else! His only concern was if he needed to come and watch it all...  I've told him no and booked him a spectator ticket, if he needs to be there all day I'll break it to him gently, much nearer the time! 

Infact the clincher for me was the midday start.  I'm not the best morning person I know and after a night partying I didn't fancy my chances of getting to Wembley for a 9am start. Unless I went straight there of course!  I know that to get there for midday I'll probably need to head off around ten, but that's do-able...

So with my place booked, fundraising page applied for and all that sorted I thought I'd better look for something to wear. Clearly that was next on my list - I've still no idea though as leg warmers were never a good look, but I am quite tempted by a black swan tutu... We'll see.  

So I thought I'd better find out what'll I be doing during those six hours, yes I know dancing.... As well as that small matter there'll be familiar faces there from the dance world to help us keep our spirits high and dance feet moving and the dance style and teacher will be changing every 30 minutes. I'm told they'll cover 50’s jive, 60’s swing, 70’s disco, 80’s anthems, Street dance, Latin, Hip-hop, Bollywood and West End Musicals, and me doing some of those will be an absolute hoot! I'm the girl at the aerobics class that is always going the other way to everyone else, so I expect there'll be lots of that, though I'll try not to disrupt the whole thing as that would be very bad! 

And with that the email arrived to say my fundraising page was live - I'd be very grateful for any sponsorship you could manage, the money you donate really will help change lives:

 

 

There are still places on Team Honk if you want to join us, and you don't need to be a blogger to be in Team Honk. All you need to do is follow the sign up instructions , pay your £10 registration fee (which goes towards the staging of the event) and commit to raise a minimum of £150. 

Even if you can't make it on the day there's still things you can do to support me and Team Honk.

  1. The obvious one, is to sponsor me (I might have mentioned that already!)  
  2. Sign up for a Social Postcard from Kenya - it's easy to sign up and the idea is simple. To celebrate the launch of Red Nose Day 2015 receive a postcard to share on social media from Penny, Tanya and Annie who are travelling to Kenya with Comic Relief visiting projects that have been supported by Red Nose Day in the past. Each postcard will be from one of those projects, you'll receive it Sunday evening and all you need to do is share it on your social media or blog sometime on Monday 26th January, however and whenever you want. Again these "Social Postcards" aren't just for bloggers. 
  3. Like Team Honk on Facebook, follow @TeamHonk on Twitter or sign up for emails on teamhonk.org

Now, let's get this dancing started! 

The Reading Residence